Holt en­dorses Bel­ton, will be ac­tively in­volved in cam­paign

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State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Doug Holt en­dorsed Dave Bel­ton in the race for State House District 112 Tues­day.

“In the past six months, I’ve had many people ask me who I be­lieved could do the best job as our next State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” Holt said. I be­lieve it is time for me to state openly and pub­licly that Dave Bel­ton is that per­son.

“Over the last 10 years I have come to know Dave very well on both a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional level. His com­mit­ment to our coun­try and to pub­lic ser­vice is with­out equal. His mil­i­tary ca­reer in­cludes 23 years of ser­vice as a pi­lot (Navy and Air Force), in­volv­ing count­less mis­sions flown dur­ing the Per­sian Gulf War (Desert Storm/ Desert Shield) and in four other con­flicts around the world. Even to­day, in fact just weeks ago, he do­nated his time once again as a vol­un­teer pi­lot to bring well over a hun­dred of our ser­vice men and women from Kyr­gyzs­tan back home. As al­ways, he re­sponded to the call of ser­vice. It is this call to ser­vice that I be­lieve has led him to run for the House District 112 seat.”

Holt cited past dis­cus­sions with Bel­ton as a rea­son for be­liev­ing he can do well in the state cap­i­tal.

“Many times dur­ing the decade of my leg­isla­tive ser­vice, I have dis­cussed with him im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing our district and state,” Holt said. “From those dis­cus­sions, and from the re­spect I have de­vel­oped for him over that pe­riod of time, I am un­equiv­o­cal in my be­lief he will be a thought­ful and ded­i­cated pol­i­cy­maker, and one who will be re­spon­sive to the people of this district.”

Holt con­tin­ued, “Dave of­fers the people of this district a pub­lic ser­vant who is a strong, de­pend­able con­ser­va­tive, and who will make im­por­tant pol­icy de­ci­sions for our district and our state based on the high­est prin­ci­ples and con­vic­tions. He is a true Repub­li­can, in the very best sense. These are the qual­i­ties I hope I have de­liv­ered in my ser­vice, and be­cause I’ve con­sis­tently seen these qual­i­ties in Dave, I ex­tend him my full en­dorse­ment.”

“While I have pre­vi­ously made no pub­lic state­ments fa­vor­ing a can­di­date in this con­test, I be­lieve the im­por­tance of the pri­mary runoff to the people of this district, whom I have been hon­ored to serve for 10 years, com­pels me to do so now. In short, if you have been pleased with my ser­vice as a leg­is­la­tor, then I re­spect­fully ap­peal to you to vote for Dave Bel­ton as your next rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Early voting be­gins June 30. My wife, Julie, and I will be ac- tively in­volved in his cam­paign, and look for­ward to work­ing to­wards his elec­tion on July 22.”

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

From left, Doug Holt and Dave Bel­ton.

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